In Indiana: An election like no other

Early and absentee voting hit milestone
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Posted at 5:08 PM, Oct 22, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS — More than one million Hoosiers have chosen not to go to the polls on November 3.

But that doesn't mean they aren't voting in the 2020 election. They're just doing it in-person early or by absentee ballot.

According to figures released Thursday by Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, 477,217 people have voted early so far. Another 553,270 have requested absentee ballots which must arrive at election offices by noon on Nov. 3 to be counted. That's a total of just over one million, 12 days out from Election Day.

“Hoosiers are eager to vote and are voting early in record numbers to make sure their voice is heard,” Lawson said. “Election officials across Indiana have worked tirelessly to make sure each voter is safe and secure, and I’m pleased to see this level of turnout heading into Election Day.”

Compare this year's numbers to 2016. That year, during the entire period of absentee and in-person early voting, 977,239 ballots were submitted.

Hoosier voters can track their absentee ballot, look up early voting sites, and contact their county clerk using